Week 7 is coming up and I now have a question about probiotics.
I am histamine intolerant. Some people say to avoid certain histamine producing strains of bacteria, such as L. casei, with histamine intolerance. In your experience, is this a problem in practice? Or is it mostly a theoretical concern?
I'm not sure how much of a concern that is in your case. Probiotics tend to support whichever immune system response is dominant. By doing the Plan, you're correcting the skewing effect that fungal candida has. It can manipulate the immune system towards a dominant Th2 response, which is associated with greater allergic and histamine responses. This is why we recommend correcting fungal candida first for 6 weeks before taking probiotics.
Another way to put this is that the tests that have been done on probiotics and histamine responses, never restored balance to the gut first. If you look at the rseaerch on probiotics, you'll see that sometimes a strain will support a Th1 response and at other times, a Th2 response. I believe that this si due to whichever response is dominant at the time.
Hi Jeff. I was recently diagnosed with gastritis, and my doc wants me to take a PPI. In your candida diet book, you write that gastritis is possibly linked to candida. I have many other candida symptoms as well, so I decided to try your candida plan. Currently I'm on week 2.
In your book, you write that gastritis is related to low stomach acid levels. You also write about supplementing with HCl. Is this safe/recommended with gastritis?
With gastritis, which tends to be a very chronic condition, you have to start out with very low doses. I would do the Plan first, as it naturally increases HCL levels slowly. Afterward, you can look at using HCL. You would open the capsules and start with just a pinch at a time and slowly increase the amount. It can be done, just takes time.
1. I have been taking a digestive aid with ox bile and pancreatin. Can I keep taking it, or might it make things worse?
THAT'S FINE TO TAKE.
2. I read about Curcumin being helpful for inflammation, both systemic and local in the stomach. Is this something you have experience with? If so, can you suggest a dosage to try?
I HAVEN'T SEEN BIG EFFECTS WITH IT AND THAT MAY BE TO THE DOSAGES USED. IT HAS GREAT SCIENCE BEHIND IT, WHICH IS WHY IT'S BEING FOUND IN SO MANY FORMULATIONS. 8 TO 10 GRAMS CAN BE USED WITHOUT ANY SIDE EFFECTS AND SIDE EFFECTS ARE GENERALLY LIMITED TO STOMACH UPSET OR NAUSEA.
I finished the plan about a month ago but recently I have left side bundle branch block and was getting symptoms of irregular heartbeat and feeling of near unconsciousness. Went to hospital and blood pressure was 200/117. I had been taking an angiostensin bp med. I was prescribed a calcium channel blocker. I took a maintenance 5 kaps undecenoic acid and the next day those symptoms came back. I read on the net that antifungals can influence the effect of calcium blockers. I don't really understand what I read
Do you know if undecenoic acid might also influence the calcium blocker drug. Unfortunately I have to take otherwise the bp goes dangerously high.The blood pressure is due to stress.
For the stress, I would look into TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) - http://www.traumaprevention.com. You can work with someone near you or via Skype. It usually only takes 1 session. You can also order the DVD online in their store and follow along.
Aww thankyou for the stress site. What concerned me about the undecenoic acid was that it might affect the calcium channel blocker as I had read on the net that certain antifungals do that. They were tho Pharma antifungals. Thankyou.
With ghee, it depends on the presence of any allergic reactions to dairy, which is one of the strongest allergens. Typically, it doesn't work. White rice is all carbohydrate and doesn't work well until Week 11.
Ok, I don't even know where to start here, so here goes nothing.
I've had terrible pruritus ani (itchy butt), for at least 10 years. It's just horrible and I'm nearly mad in the head from it. Day in and day out, its mentally exhausting.
I've taken the Alcat test, which resulted in finding many things that I'm sensitive too. I've been off and on a ton of diets for Candida and spent 1000s of dollars on herbs, supplements, and so called cures for Pruritus Ani. I
I've been to see a proctologist. He said I have some internal hemorrhoids, nothing crazy, so he injected them with a solution to keep them from getting bigger and is actually supposed to shrink them.
The INSANE itching remains.
I'm now on the candida diet. You know, eating everything raw and plain. No seasonings, spices, anything. Pretty much steamed veggies and protein with no flavor.
I don't have parasites, I was tested functionally. I do have candida, at least according to the spit in the glass test. Lots of white cloudy sediment on the bottom of the glass. (Pretty common test). Out of the candida symptoms, of say 60 symptoms, I have at least 40 of them right now. Rashes, dry itchy skin, inability to focus, pruritus ani, mood swings, irritability, bloating, irregular bowel movements, and the list goes on.
I'm going to see the doctor on Friday to see if I can get a prescription for Xanax or something, as the supposed root cause of Pruritus Ani is anxiety and stress.
I'm currently taking apple cider vinegar in water in the mornings with wormwood, cloves, black walnut hulls tincture(liquid), and CandiCleanse liquids, which basically has Pau d Arco, oregano oil, all in a little morning cocktail. At each meal I drink a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with water before the meal.
I drink Kefir for probiotics. My diet is so severely restricted that life is almost not worth living. I can't eat at any restaurant. I can't go to any functions socially in fear of not having anything to eat at them. Life is just miserable.
I don't know where to turn, as the candida seems to drive the anxiety, and the anxiety is driving the pruritus ahi, and it's all just a giant cycle of insanity.
I recently heard of the 80/10/10 diet, and the Dr Clark Liver Flush. I guess I will give these a shot.
This is ruining my life and I've never been more desperate to solve something.
I am going to try Dr Clarks Liver Flush too. Just got all the things that I need, well, minus the ozonated olive oil. No one had that. So I will have to use the Braggs unfiltered EVO. I also scheduled colon hydrotherapy for Wednesday next week. If the Epsoms salts don't kill me, I'll be back to tell everyone how that went. Haha.
I just can't take this anymore, it's killing me from the inside and my brain is about to give up due to the daily stress or carrying this pruritus ani around.
Intersting that fermented foods(vinegar) can be high in histamine. So some people might be thinking that they are having a die-off reaction with apple cider vinegar when they could really be having a overload of histamine causing brain fog. I think some people can confuse die-off with histamine overload. It could make sense that their is a correlation of consuming vinegar and it resulting in excess itching.
That's interesting about apple cider vinegar. I think vinegar does give me a reaction- hives and itchy rashes and strangely my ear can swell up and turn red. I linked it to mint sauce (contains vinegar)which I ate usually on a sunday and then my ear would be swollen on the Monday. Mayonnaise can also do this to me too. There is also information on histamine intolerance on the Allergy UK site.
I suffered from pruritus ani for 20 years. I searched forum after forum and medical sites galore. I finally read (and I wish I could remember where) about dairy products' effects. I eliminated all dairy, and had NO MORE itchy anus! Every time I lapse and eat cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, I get it back. I'm thankful I finally found a way to end this sleep-destroying, nerve-wrecking condition!
Yes, the sertraline has an effect on the virulence of candida, affecting its ability to maintain a hyphal (fungal) state, produce damaging enzymes, and spread through the tissues.
You have to weigh that against the damaging effects of sertraline that can include suicidal thoughts, aggression, loss of consciousness, vomiting, incontinence, insomnia, depression, chest pains, ejaculation failure, fatigue, headaches, rashes, hives, back pains, visual disturbances, and a very long list of other possible symptoms. The long-term effects of sertraline use are not studied or known. Depletion of neurotransmitters - serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, norepineprine, etc., occur with use. Toxic effects to the liver are known. https://www.drugs.com/sfx/sertraline-side-effects.html
Women taking sertraline for depression, and who also just happened to have recurrent vaginal infections, were shown to be helped by sertraline.
Dr Jeff, would you recommend doing the candida plan for someone who also has heavy metals? Which detox do you recommend doing first? Heavy metals or the candida? Is it safe to do a heavy metal detox even if one still has silver fillings? I am concerned about damaging detox organs (liver/kidneys) as well as having a leaky gut how will the metals go back to the bloodstream?
I recommend doing the Plan first. A healthy intestinal ecosystem plays a significant role in protecting the body and eliminating metals and chemicals during a heavy metal cleanse. I would only use the NDF product for heavy metals and chemicals as it is slow and safe. An intact ecosystem helps to protect the organs of the body.
You can also consume a clay product like Terramin to help bind metals and chemicals during the process.
I haven't seen issues in using NDF and currently having fillings.
I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I have had stomach/digestion issues for years but no one can tell me why for certain due to conflicting tests. Symptoms I am currently having are extreme gas and bloating in my stomach (nothing below belly button), reflux due to gas pushing my stomach acid up into my throat, vagus nerve irritation, which has been causing me rapid heartbeat and palpitation problems, which in turn causes my normal blood pressure to rise and also causes severe panic attacks, chronic diarrhea and occasion liver swelling and discomfort. Of note, earlier this years I had a variety of labs done through a naturopath and one thing that came back positive was a liver test called AFP, which can be indicative of a liver or ovarian tumor. I know it is not ovarian, as I had been seen prior to that test by a gynocologist and given me a CA125 test and that and my pap came back negative. Previous extensive workups with a cardiologist including stress test were also negative.
Before the diarrhea got so bad I was having frequent light colored stool as well, indicative of liver struggling. Been diagnosed in the past with leaky gut, adrenal fatigue and candida, but years of treating all these years has not yielded any results. Have had positive candida tests in the past but most recent G.I. tests from last year showed no candida, which is baffling, considering my symptoms. Negative parasite tests as well. Negative also for H. Pylori and two at home kits using lactalose were also negative for SIBO. I ended up in the ER the other night due to tachycardia. My BP was very high but I was freaked the F out and hyperventilating from anxiety due to the tachycardia, which I am sure was causing the elevated BP, because it went back to normal after I was there for awhile. Labs they ran were all normal, including labs for anemia, cardiac issues (none found), negative chest X-ray and negative EKG. CBC, liver enzymes and electrolytes all were normal, etc. The ER doc was very nice but as usual the response was maybe to seek some therapy. Is therapy going to cure my G.I. issues?
I am eating gluten, dairy, sugar, grain and soy free. I am trying to eat low histamine foods and low carb and low fat, due to the liver being sensitive and trying to get my weight down. I have insulin resistance as well. A few things of note, I react to everything I eat, no matter how restrictive, and it starts before I even finish eating. There is no pain, just extreme gas and bloating, reflux, sometimes excess mucus and so on, and my pulse starts speeding up. It's almost like eating stresses my adrenals. My stomach will be like this though even with no food in it. It often wakes me up in the middle of the night with tachycardia and whenever that happens I usually have to go to the bathroom. In the early days, having a BM would stop the tachycardia, but not every single time now. Despite being able to eat so little and most of it coming out in the bathroom, you would think I would be skin and bones, but I have barely lost any weight. I feel very weak and shaky, often feel the chills, most likely because I am not getting the nutrition I need, due to the diarrhea, get adrenaline surges, leg spasms, twitching and fluttering. My legs below my calves to my ankles have edema too and my feet are always cold, I have also developed orthostatic intolerance issues (P.O.T.S.), so when I stand up or try to walk up stairs, my heart will race, but it seems connected to my stomach, because I am usually bloated with gas when that is happening. I know the first thing a G.I. Doctor will want to do is an upper endoscopy but I don't think my body is strong enough to handle anesthesia right now. The other thing about that is, when this first started happening 20 years ago, I did have an endoscopy with biopsies and nothing was found. I don't want to have to go through that again (it was tramatic for me).
I have been getting fungal rashes on my legs as well for months, diagnosed by a dermatologist. The fungal gel (Naftin?) the dermatologist gave me is the only thing that helps a little. What is odd is that this current rash is painful rather than the horribly itchy ones, on a different part of my legs. I also have a lot of clear vaginal discharge, and off and on BV issues, but no yeast like discharge coming out. A couple of years ago I saw an integrative gastroenterologist and based on my labs and symptoms alone (no endoscopy), he thought I had a fungal infection, which I am assuming would be candida. In many ways this does makes sense, but I don't think a non-integrative gastroenterologist would think of this. I couldn't stay treating with him as he didn't take insurance and was extremely expensive, like you better be a celebrity to go there expensive. I can't help but wonder now if he could be right though. I have tried various natural antifungals in the past and candida programs to no avail, probiotics, leaky gut treatments, the diets and so on. My current ND does not like giving anti-fungals, as he said candida is naturally occurring in the body and an overgrowth should be treated in ways to calm it down rather than kill it and this wouldn't give me anything for it. Any brainstorming would be really appreciated. I am really desperate and scared. I do have GSC on hand, but it hasn't helped much in the past. Thanks.
I've treated a couple of people this past year who could hardly eat any foods. I had them do Terramin clay, 1 teaspoon, 4-6x/day in water. It took about 4 months, but they were able to start eating more foods and felling much better. Every time you eat, the liver dumps toxins into the intestinal tract. These can recirculate without something to bind them and carry them out of the body